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A reader shares some frustration and more details about the Saturday morning shooting inside the Capitol View building at 14th and Belmont Street, NW:

“The UDR building management has sought to downplay this incident from the start. They didn’t send any message to residents until more than 3 hours after the incident occurred with very little information. Then when they did follow-up several more hours later, the message is an unacceptable minimization of their knowledge of the ongoing problem with this unit, the seriousness of the incident itself and the severity of the damage caused.

Per the MPD on the scene, multiple rounds were fired within the fourth floor hallway. The gunfire was not confined to the unit. Please see the attached photo of the bullet hole in the elevator landing wall. If it’s not an “on-going threat to the community” now, it certainly was when bullets were flying in a common space at 9 a.m. on a Saturday! Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

“Dear PoPville,

There is a woman that lives outside of Seaton Elementary School on 10th Street NW. She’s been there for a few months, in all conditions. We’ve dropped off left overs for her and exchanged polite pleasantries at times. We’ve called the shelter hotline on particularly cold nights, concerned for her safety. Until recently we haven’t had any other concerns related to her.

Over the past few weeks, however, she’s consistently been using our alley as a bathroom. With our block full of curious kids and dogs, and rain too infrequent to be a reliable clean up method, a few of us neighbors have done our best to continually clean up after her. Read More

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Thanks to Luis for sending from Columbia Heights.

I think it’s a toss up. You?

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Photo by Anthony Bravo

Thanks to Anthony for sending: “M St NE cycle track in NoMa getting a little extra protection today.”


Photo by Adam Hlava

Thanks to Adam for solving the Union Station Without Remorse filming query: “Confirmed Michael B. Jordan filming at Union Station now”

And now, sadly, the bad and the ugly: Read More

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April writes last night:

“To the gentleman in the dapper suit & top coat. Thank you -whenever you are- for watching over my bike as I ran into the fedex on 14th! You were so generous & made my night less of a cluster-f**k than it already was. Bless you! (@PoPville, maybe my Good Samaritan follows you?)”

And because Twitter can be awesome – Carly replies: “Are you in a Hallmark Christmas movie?”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

I live on Irving Street between Georgia Avenue and 14th Street, and it is constantly littered with trash. Two things exacerbate this: the south side of the street has street-side trash pickup that blows loose bits of trash everywhere, and my multiple attempts for public trash cans have been rejected by 311.

Today, I came home to find 3 lovely young women in Howard Bison jackets picking up every tiny bit of trash on the street, smiling and making their way down Irving. I jumped out of my car to thank them and they just waved off my thanks.

I’m not sure what prompted this, but thank you Howard University and thank you to students doing this on a blustery, gloomy day instead of Black Friday shopping.”

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Kids will be kids but lately, there’s been enough real crime in the area (Petworth). By the police officer not stopping, there’s a lost opportunity to educate. The officer, by default a representative of our community, is clearly sending a message that this sort of behavior is condoned or something that can be gotten away with. Read More

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“Dear Popville,

As I was walking through Franklin Square today I noticed that someone left a scarf, a couple granola bars, a pair of boots and a freshly laundered shirt on one of the benches.

Whoever you are, I’d like to say thank you. Its going to get down to 26 degrees tonight and i’m sure this act of kindness will mean the world to someone.”

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